The annual vaccination campaign against flu will begin this weekend. Every year, more than 10 million patients, including those more than 65 years, will receive a voucher from the health insurance to obtain the free vaccine in pharmacies.
If a rule, the French are wary against vaccines, the flu seems to escape the rule.
“In the winter of 2015-2016, the number of people at risk vaccinated had a positive new direction. For the first time, 50% of asthma, cardiac and elderly people were vaccinated. The previous year, they were only 47%. And even if the difference is quite tenuous, for specialists, the signal is positive “ , revealed this week.
Annual influenza affects between 2 and 8 million people in France and is responsible from 2000 to 9000 average deaths, mostly in people over 65. The vaccine is very effective since it is estimated that it reduces mortality by 70 to 80% in the elderly.